Pulu says Demo­cratic Party has lost its way

Fiji Sun - - Pacific News - RNZI

A for­mer cab­i­net min­is­ter looking to make a po­lit­i­cal come­back in Tonga’s elec­tion says he is dis­ap­pointed at the di­rec­tion the Demo­cratic Party has taken. ‘Isi Pulu was a found­ing mem­ber of the party that the in­terim Prime Min­is­ter ‘Ak­il­isi Po­hiva leads.

Mr Pulu, who was first elected in 2002 but missed out in the 2014 elec­tion af­ter fall­ing out with Mr Po­hiva , said he wants to bring greater ac­count­abil­ity to par­lia­ment. He said the demo­crat­i­cally-led gov­ern­ment had lost its way, leav­ing peo­ple still striv­ing for bet­ter liv­ing stan­dards.

De­spite this, Mr Pulu said he does not har­bour any bad feel­ings over his split with Mr Po­hiva, who he be­lieves may be re­ceiv­ing bad ad­vice.

“Not the man, not the in­di­vid­ual but the way he runs the coun­try, I don’t agree with it.”

“I got into Par­lia­ment be­cause of ‘Ak­il­isi and I will never for­get that but that was when he was still ‘Ak­il­isi, the ‘Ak­il­isi we know, but lately he’s start­ing to trust peo­ple he doesn’t know,” he said.

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